Christian Weems, the friend of Susan Brock -- the soon-to-be-former wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock -- who pleaded guilty to charges that she tried to hide evidence of the sexual relationship Brock was having with a teenage boy, was sentenced to probation this morning.
Brock's adult daughter Rachel also was convicted of charges that she had a sexual relationship with the same boy her mother's convicted of molesting. Additionally, Fulton Brock, the boy's parents, and the boy's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all suspected the relationship between Brock and the boy a year before police were ever called. See our cover story on the Brock family circus here.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer sentenced Weems -- an aspiring East Valley politician -- to one year of probation after she pleaded guilty in August to one count of computer tampering. Initially, Weems was hit with five felony counts including hindering prosecution, tampering with evidence, and obstruction of a criminal investigation for allegedly trying to destroy incriminating emails stored in Brock's victim's email account.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, Brock and the victim would often coordinate meeting times by writing drafts of emails and saving them in the victim's email account. Brock had access to the account and could check messages left by the victim and leave her own for him.
Because the emails were only drafts, they were never sent and wouldn't appear in the victim's "sent box." Court docs state Brock told the victim to do it this way to avoid being detected by his parents.
On November 2, after Weems had visited Brock in jail, Brock called her from the clink and the two had a conversation where Weems tries to get Brock to tell her some sort of password using code-talk about a trip the two on to California.
"I have a question," Weems said to Brock during the conversation, "do you remember when you and I went to California and when we went to that, that, you and I and all the girls we went to the beach house and you had to have a password to get in the gate, do you remember what that is?"
At first, Brock seemed confused by the question, but later, after some hints from Weems, seemed to figure it out.
Brock then rattled off a password -- supposedly to get into a gate at the beach house in California -- which happened to be the same password to the victim's email account.
Chandler Sergeant Joe Favazzo told New Times at the time of her arrest that it's unlikely Weems knew about the molestation before Brock's arrest, but says the two saw each other at the jail before to the phone conversation about the password.
It seems Brock told Weems about the email account and password in a prior conversation. Being a good friend, Weems, it appears, was going to delete some incriminating emails stored in the boy's account.
After Weems had the password, she told Brock "thank you, um OK so thank you, I need that in order to take care of some things and be able to get into it, so thank you."
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